October 6, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXV(14):887. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460400035008

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Twenty-three men and women of Chicago, where Dowie throve and Schweinfurth sprung, have organized themselves into a "Raw Food Society" and propose to start a propaganda. The basal idea of this organization is best explained by the resolutions adopted, in which they state that it is their firm conviction that life will be lengthened, pestilence and contagious disease wiped out of existence, and men will become giants physically, intellectually and morally by abstinence from cooked food. It was never intended, said their president, "that man should eat food that has been cooked, that he should take into his system dead cells to replace the worn-out cells cast off from the body." Just how these reformers are to get along with the ordinary conventionalities of civilization in very many ways is hard to understand; perhaps, they will consistently throw civilization overboard and get along without it. At any rate, civilized man

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